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Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory Forging Pathways of Discovery

At the Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory, we are fortunate to have researchers from across the United States and abroad who share our enthusiasm and commitment to transform patients' lives through medical research. Their desire for knowledge and understanding drives them in their quest to prevent, better manage, and, one day, cure digestive diseases. As they painstakingly unravel the mysteries of digestive diseases, they are forging new pathways of discovery.  


The Price Institute of Surgical Research funds one or two "Price Fellows" each year so that they may obtain a doctorate in philosophy (Ph.D.) while conducting research in the  Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory. To learn more about our current research please view our publications.


The Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory is located in the Medical Dental Research Building on Floyd Street within the Price Institute for Surgical Research.

Under the Microscope

 Our laboratory focuses on basic molecular research into gastrointestinal diseases including: 

  • Crohn's disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • colorectal cancer

World-Class Expertise in Basic Research

We encourage teamwork—both in the laboratory and in collaboration with researchers at regional, national and international institutions. Together, we apply our expertise to statistical analysis, pathological interpretation, and genetics research. 


We have Current Research Collaborations with the following investigators:


Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, FAHA

    Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville

    Director, Diabetes and Obesity Center

    Distinguished University Scholar


Mark Evers, MD, FACS

    Mark McDowell Cancer Foundation Chair in the Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center

    Director, Markey Cancer Center

    Physician-In-Chief, Oncology Service


Ted Kalbfleisch PhD 

    Associate Professor, Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky


Shesh Rai, PhD

    Wendell Cherry Chair in Clinical Trial Research, University of Louisville

    Director, Biostatistics Shared Facility, JB Brown Cancer Center


State-of-the-Art Clinical Trials

Our clinical research fellows have access to, and gain experience with, the latest drugs as well as surgical techniques for digestive disorders. This unique focus on medical and surgical treatments allows us to offer some of our patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new medications or to take advantage of new surgical procedures for inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. 

Inquiring Minds

Our research fellowship programs challenge new investigators to think about these disorders in innovative ways, while advancing medical and surgical careers.


Our surgeons in training regularly present their research results at major national and international scientific meetings. Over the past fifteen years, six of our research fellows have obtained a PhD degree during their tenure in our laboratory.


We actively facilitate the careers of undergraduate, and medical school students. More than half of the summer undergraduate students whom we have mentored have gone to medical school.


Please view our Research Fellows

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